In a major move to improve the security of lives and property across Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Friday launched a new Rivers State Security outfit codenamed “Operation Sting”.
He said Operation Sting will be fully funded by the Rivers State Government with the aim of tackling criminal elements and reducing crime and criminality in all parts of the state.
He said: “OPERATION STING” is, therefore, our own specialized and dedicated security initiative anchored on an integrated and complementary approach, fully funded by the Rivers State Government to effectively tackle both the sources and drivers of insecurity in their diverse criminal manifestations and operations and nib them in their buds or rout and root them out of existence.
“Under Operation Sting we have taken concrete steps to strengthen the logistics and operational capability of the civil and armed security forces”.
Governor Wike said to ensure that the new security outfit responds effectively across the state, his administration provided the right logistics and equipment.
He said: “76patrol/operational vehicles fitted with communication gadgets;
· 8 armored fitted gunboats, to tighten coastal security and protect our waterways from the activities of criminals;
· 2 Armoured Personnel Carriers for Police swift responses actions;
· 450 handheld mobile radios to enhance communication among the security operatives and overcome the current wide gaps in intelligence gathering”.
The Governor said that the State Government has established operational bases in all the 23 Local Government Areas to strengthen the command and control structures of the initiative and ensure effective coordination and synergy between the State headquarters, the Local Government Areas and the communities to achieve the common objectives of providing comprehensive security cover for our State.